Fiann’s tips for the weekend
■ Traditionally this is the week that sees the last of the overwintered leeks and hangover crops being harvested. New leeks, French beans and Brussels sprouts and can now be planted out.
■ Time to think of planting pumpkins, squashes, courgettes and outdoor cucumbers.
■ Chances of severe frost is pretty much gone now so all those tenders can be planted out and fleeces lightened, if not totally removed.
■ It is also timely to begin removing the side shoots on tomatoes to achieve good ripening later
■ Blackfly on broad beans can be squashed or sprayed with garlic, but pinching out the leaders seems to deter them.
■ Make like its Christmas and hoe hoe hoe those weeds – do it with your best Arnold Schwarzenegger voice.
Maybe you do only live once
■ May is often mayhem in the garden and June brings its own delights and challenges, so take a moment to appreciate it ,without toil. A glass of wine or a cup of coffee in hand — just sit back and admire your kingdom — it does the soul good.